Just before the Democrats’ third pre-primary debate Saturday night, Hillary Clinton remains comfortably ahead in the expectations game.
The latest Rasmussen Reports Hillary Meter finds that 87% of Likely Democratic Voters think Clinton is likely to be their party’s presidential nominee in 2016, with 56% who say it is Very Likely. Just 13% feel the former secretary of State and first lady is not very or Not At All Likely to win the nomination. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
That marks very little change from a month ago and is virtually identical to the findings in the first monthly Hillary Meter in July. Confidence in Clinton’s chances faded slightly in between the two but jumped following her performance in the second debate in early November.
Among all likely voters, 80% believe Clinton is the likely Democratic nominee, with 52% who say it is Very Likely. Seventeen percent (17%) disagree, and that includes only eight percent (8%) who say it’s Not At All Likely. This is a slight improvement from a month ago.